Date for the Diary: Spring Drop In Session


Something to discuss? Helen Tabinor, Research School Manager and Su Fagg, Research Support Librarian are holding the next drop in session in March. All welcome to come along to discuss anything PGR related (Helen) and Library Services (Su).

Date: Thursday 9th March 2017

Time: 11:30 – 13:00

Location: Helen – JL 1015 / Su – JL 1021




Introduction to SPSS

An introduction to the statistical software SPSS which is aimed at participants with little/no knowledge of SPSS and/or statistical methods. The main topic is data entry/manipulation in SPSS and obtaining simple data summaries.

Date: 1st February 2017

Time: 1:15-4:15

Location: EE G031

Viva Preparation

This workshop looks at the conduct of the average viva voce – the oral examination of your thesis. It also considers how you can prepare for the viva and thinks about the kind of questions that you might be asked.

Date: 2nd February 2017

Time: 12:15-2:15

Location: JL G014

Giving Your Research Impact

The ability to demonstrate the potential benefits of your research beyond the academic sphere (for example, the socio-economic, cultural or health benefits) has become an increasingly important skill for a researcher to develop. This session will explore fully the meaning of impact its significance to your research.

Date: 7th February 2017

Time: 5:15-6:45

Location: EE G168

Philosophy of Research Methods:  Why Epistemology and Ontology Matter

Professor Eleanor Bradley will consider the role of epistemology in relation to your research. This session will consist of an overview of the philosophical underpinnings of research, with a particular focus on the relevance of epistemology and ontology for research.  The workshop will have relevance for researchers who are currently developing their methodology, highlighting the importance of different types of knowledge, truth and realities. There will be the opportunity for researchers who have already designed their research project to reflect on their methodological understanding, as well as to refresh their thinking in relation to epistemology.

Date: 7th February 2017

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE G027

The Newton Fund

This workshop will explore the Newton Fund and how to apply for funding for projects and fellowships.

Date: 9th February 2017

Time: 12:15-1:15

Location: JL G010

Social Networking: The Benefits for Researchers

Twitter, Facebook, Blogs: social media has become increasingly important for researchers both as a means for engaging more people with their work and as a way for sharing ideas beyond the traditional dissemination pathways. This session will look at the social media that are particularly relevant and how they can be effectively utilised.

Date: 21st February 2017

Time: 5:15-6:45

Location: EE G027

Feminist Approaches to Research

This is a session for anyone who thinks they may be interested in exploring feminist approaches to research, to better understand what they might be about and consider whether they might have any bearing on research we do. We will explore questions such as: Is there really such a thing as ‘a’ feminist approach to research? If so how would how would it manifest itself in research questions and hypotheses? Does feminist research need to use different methodologies or sources for research? Do feminist approaches mean researchers need to consider different forms of research dissemination?

Date:21st February 2017

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE G027

Values Based Approach to Leadership

This session will consider theoretical approaches to leadership in organisations, and will assess to what extent considerations of ethics and values has informed scholarly thinking in this area. It will be of value to those studying leadership and management in a variety of contexts, especially in Business, Education and Health. Questions considered are likely to include:

  • What is participants’ experience of leadership?
  • Why should we study leadership in organisations?
  • What are the dominant models of leadership that have informed academic work?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches?
  • Are values and ethics important for leaders and the study of leadership?
  • How can leadership be studied at doctoral level?

Date: 23rd February 2017

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE G020

What is Research Misconduct?

Researchers are expected to conduct their research with integrity but what does this mean? Although any discussion of research integrity should focus on positive behaviours, inevitably it is important to recognise what behaviours are unacceptable. This workshop therefore focuses on what constitutes research misconduct (and what might be identified as the lesser but still significant crime of “sloppy science”), on how researchers can ensure that their practice can never be interpreted as such and how researchers might identify misconduct in others’ research. This workshop is essential for all researchers at all stages of their development.

Date: 28th February 2017

Time: 12:15-1:45

Location: EE 1102

The UK Research Council: An Updated Overview

This session provides an introduction to UK the Research Councils and their individual remits, rules for participation and the funding rules. It will explore which projects would be suitable for funding and provide an overview of the application process.

Date: 24th February 2017

Time: 12:15-1:15

Location: EE G020

All information correct at time of posting. For the most up to date information and to book your place, please visit the student portal: or the staff development workshop booking portal, located under ‘Your Online Services’.

Do you have a story to tell or something to share?

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the University of Worcester as an educational institution. As part of our celebrations we are launching a memory collecting project and want to capture personal stories and photographs of people’s time here at Worcester. So much has happened in the seven decades since the first students arrived and we think it is important to gather and share these memories as part of the University’s heritage.

Over the next few months a small team of staff and students will be speaking to former students, local residents and staff members about their time and experiences at the University of Worcester.

We would love to hear from you about your time here! Often it is the smaller details that provide the greatest insight and any memories, photographs and stories (big or small!) would be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to be involved in this unique and exciting project get in touch!

Luke Fletcher
01905 542273

School of Law – Research Event & Public Lecture Schedule


If you would like to reserve a space or would like to see further details about individual events, please contact Janey Robins (

Fully Funded PhD Studentships- Now Being Advertised

Research at the University of Worcester has grown significantly over the last 10 years. This growth is most clearly shown in the outcomes of the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). Worcester was the most improved University in the UK based on Research Fortnight’s “Research Power” measure, reflecting a more than four-fold increase in the number of staff submitted compared to RAE 2008 and a commensurate increase in the quality of the research. As a consequence of its REF 2014 submission, Worcester’s QR income for 2015- 16 is up by 341% from 2014-15.

The University is committed to further developing its research profile in the coming period, through a strategic approach to its support for and investment in research. As part of this investment it is funding a number of PhD studentships in its areas of particular research strength. These are three-year, full-time, doctoral research studentships. Each studentship attracts a bursary, in addition to a full tuition fee waiver.

The full studentship adverts can be viewed by clicking the links below.

Illness and Treatment Perceptions in Bipolar Disorder

Exploring borderline personality disorder diagnosis in bipolar disorder in the UK

Domestic Violence in the Family Court System

Dementia and Sports reminiscence, memory and nostalgia: Engaging with the cultural dimensions of sport as a means of improving community engagement for people living with dementia.

Exploring informal processes in the workplace to develop contemporary career interventions, using a reconceptualised framework of career success.

The socio-ecological sustainability of the ‘Tiyeni’ conservation agriculture system in Malawi

History of Religion and Education

Please visit the University of Worcester’s website to download the relevant application form, and return this by the closing date to the Research School at Please note that each project has an individual closing date which is listed on each advertisement.

SAVE THE DATE: Research Student Conference – 29 June 2017

Greetings from the 2017 Research Student Conference Committee,

We are excited to host the 4th annual Research Student Conference and we can reveal the confirmed date as 29th June 2017 and the location will be the Hive.

Following a successful ‘Seeds of Knowledge’ Conference in June 2016, we are upping our game and plan to make 2017 bigger, more inclusive and wider reaching. Initially please save the date and disseminate to colleagues and students. We will be in near future launching our call for papers, any questions in the meantime please contact and follow our twitter account @UoWPGC

Research Student Forum – Tuesday 14 February


The next Research Student Forum will be taking place on Tuesday 14th February from 12:30-14:00 in JL 2002.

All students are welcome and the Forum has a number of purposes. It is a social occasion; a chance to meet fellow students. It is an opportunity for us to share important developments in the University’s research policy. It is also an opportunity for students to raise issues that they think are important.

NOTICE: Research Student Induction – Monday 30 January

The next induction for research degree students will be taking place on Monday 30th January 2017.

Lunch will be held in the Research School from 12:30-1:30pm. Please note that there may be noise disruption at this time to students working in the space.

Current students are very welcome to come along to lunch to meet our new students. If you would like to attend, please email so that we can track numbers.

NOTICE: Jenny Lind Car Park Closure – Sunday 15 January

Please be aware that due to essential maintenance work, the Jenny Lind car park will be closed on Sunday 15th January.

If you are disabled/a blue badge holder which necessitates you using this car park, please contact Graham Cozens, Control Room Supervisor, who will be able to work with you to identify suitable alternative parking.  Graham can be contacted on  or by dialing 2189.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this closure.

Cultural Calendar 2017


The University’s latest ‘What’s On’ guide for Spring 2017 has been published. It brings together exhibitions, films, lectures, performances, music, art and heritage activities in one place, so that you can plan ahead for some great cultural experiences. In this spring edition you will find details of the Royal Photographic Society’s International Images for Science Exhibition, the Budapest Café Orchestra, and all Worcester Wolves home game fixtures. There’s something for everyone!

Please share the Cultural Calendar as widely as possible – most events are open to all and we want to encourage as many people as possible to enjoy them. Any queries please don’t hesitate to contact